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January 15, 2013
12:27 EDTGIVN, EXPR, FB, LULU, TGT, AAPL, SNTS, RSHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday but off early lows as investors digested a batch of mixed domestic economic data. Retail sales were stronger than expected in December and inflation, as measured by the producer price index, was cooler than expected. However, manufacturing in the New York region contracted in January for the sixth straight month. Fears about the impact of the ongoing debt ceiling debate flared again after President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke both spoke about it yesterday and ratings agency Fitch warned that the U.S. could lose its top credit rating if its spending issues were not addressed... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the January Empire State Manufacturing Survey from the New York Fed rose slightly to -7.78 from last month's -8.10 reading, but missed forecasts for a rise to 0.00. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.5% in December, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% during last month, versus the expected decrease of 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in November, matching expectations. In Europe, Germany's statistics office said the nation's economy grew by 0.7% in 2012, but its gross domestic product declined 0.5% in Q4. However, the euro zone recorded a higher than expected trade surplus in November thanks to surging exports and flat imports... COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) narrowly avoided closing below $500 yesterday, but has spent all of today's session below that level amid some conflicting analyst commentary. Research firm Nomura lowered its estimates and price target for Apple, while Sterne Agee, Jefferies and RW Baird all made positive comments... Facebook (FB) shares rose about 1% ahead of its press event, scheduled for 1 pm ET, for an as yet unnamed product or feature it is building... Radioshack (RSH) shares, which had initially moved higher after the company said it is terminating a mobile partnership with Target (TGT), slid over 3% near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Express (EXPR), up 22% after raising its Q4 and FY12 EPS views, and Santarus (SNTS), up over 9% after getting FDA approval for a drug and guiding to revenue above the Street's expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was lululemon (LULU), which slid more than 6% after providing disappointing revenue guidance. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Given Imaging (GIVN) which dropped over 11% after the company said it is no longer considering a sale or merger and that its controlling shareholder plans to seek and consider a sale of its stake... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 5.33, or 0.04%, to 13,501.99; the Nasdaq was down 10.65, or 0.34%, to 3,106.85; and the S&P 500 was down 1.53, or 0.10%, to 1,469.15.
News For AAPL;FB;RSH;TGT;EXPR;SNTS;LULU;GIVN From The Last 14 Days
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July 15, 2015
09:53 EDTAAPLHSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks, Apple Insider says
HSBC UK (HSBC) said that Apple Pay (AAPL) support is in its final testing and availability will be coming within two weeks, reports Apple Insider. An HSBC spokesperson said, "We are excited to be one of a small number of Apple Pay launch partners. We have been working closely with Apple and are now properly reviewing and testing our systems before launching in two weeks." Reference Link
09:32 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTFBAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFBAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPod touch, 9to5Mac reports
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06:33 EDTAAPLApple 'in touch' with Iranian distributors to sell products there, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
15:52 EDTAAPLApple Pay in U.K. less lucrative than U.S., FT says
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13:18 EDTAAPLProbendi sues Apple over iWatch name, Bloomberg reports
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12:01 EDTEXPRVince Holding sinks to 52-week low after CEO resigns
Shares of Vince Holding (VNCE), a contemporary fashion brand, are sinking after the company announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer. WHAT'S NEW: Vince Holding announced yesterday that CEO Jill Granoff resigned from the company. Granoff, who advised the Board of her decision in advance, will remain CEO through a transition period, the company said. The company's Board of Directors plans to work with an executive search firm to identify potential CEO candidates. The company also announced that it has hired Livia Lee as its new senior vice president of Merchandising, reporting directly to Granoff in the interim and then her successor once appointed. Lee will join the company on July 20. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 25, Vince Holding Chief Financial Officer Lisa Klinger resigned. The company appointed Mark Brody, most recently Managing Director and Group CFO at Sun Capital Partners, as interim CFO. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm William Blair downgraded Vince Holding to Market Perform from Outperform citing reduced visibility on company's long-term strategy following the resignation of CEO Jill Granoff and CFO Lisa Klinger. Despite the downgrade, William Blair did note that its store checks continue to suggest the brand remains healthy. The firm sees limited downside to numbers from these levels. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Vince Holding fell $2.33, or about 19.5%, to $9.62 on more than four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.46. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 72% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other contemporary fashion brands include Guess?, Inc. (GES), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Express, Inc. (EXPR).
09:35 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:19 EDTAAPLFBR Capital looks past 'speed bump' in Apple shares
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06:46 EDTFBFacebook Messenger to add 'Moneypenny' feature, The Information reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple Pay launches in U.K., has technical problems, Reuters reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram has 14M monthly active users in U.K., Business Insider says
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05:53 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to launch Galaxy Note 5 on August 14, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTAAPLReport: Apple research center in Japan part of govt IT strategy, DigiTimes says
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